A theory that describes how matter interacts dynamically with the geometry of space and time. It was first published by Einstein in 1915 and is currently used to study the structure and evolution of the universe, as well as having practical applications like GPS.

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Velocity and curved spacetime

It is possible that the universe has naturally a slight curve of spacetime, even in a place where there is not a massive object, and that this curve is responsible for the perception of the relative ...
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Does mutual gravitational attraction imply a negative pressure?

Imagine a small ball of gravitating dust particles initially at rest at the center of a large volume $V$. Following John Baez, Einstein's field equations say (in units of $c=8 \pi G=1$): ...
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Non-stationary spacetime

What is an example for a spacetime that is non-stationary that is considered as a description of something in nature? So far all the spacetimes I encounted have always been stationary ...
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What exactly is charge? [duplicate]

If gravity is really the bending of space/time causing objects with mass to experience acceleration, is there a similar physical meaning to 'charge' besides 'a property of matter which causes it to ...
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Gravitational Constant in Newtonian Gravity vs. General Relativity

From my understanding, the gravitational constant $G$ is a proportionality constant used by Newton in his law of universal gravitation (which was based around Kepler's Laws), namely in the equation $F ...
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Is the scalar curvature of the Schwarzschild solution 0?

The Schwarzschild solution is meant to be a solution of the vacuum Einstein equations. That is $$R_{\mu\nu}=0.$$ So, the Ricci tensor must be null for $r>0$. Now, if the scalar curvature is ...
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Lie derivative of Dirac Delta

In the setting of general relativity, I came across a source term of the wave equation of the following form: $$ \frac{1}{\sqrt{q}}\,\delta^{(3)}(p-\gamma(t)) $$ where $p\in M$ is a point in our 4d ...
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Planetary motion: integration of equation of motion

I was reading Planetary Motion (page 117) in Barry Spain's Tensor calculus, and stupidly enough, I didn't understand this. The equations are : $$\frac{d^2\psi}{d\sigma^2} + ...
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Covariant derivative of a covariant tensor wrt superscript

Is it true that when you take the covariant derivative of a covariant tensor, do you always have to do with a subscript? What if you do it wrt a superscript?Does the first term (with the partial ...
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Irrep decomposition of direct product of stress tensors

I have stress tensors direct product of the form $T^{ab}(x)T^{cd}(y)$. I want to write this in terms of a tensor $I^{abcd}$ in the form. $T^{ab}(x)T^{cd}(y)= I^{abcd}$. This is like decomposing the ...
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Constant speed in curved space

Suppose a spaceship is travelling in the Schwarzschild metric. An observer at infinity sees the spaceship moving at constant velocity. What does this mean? Does it mean that: \begin{align*} ...
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Does a black hole have any kind of mass?

Currently in my academics I am studying about the Gravitation. In the chapter I came across a term called the Escape Velocity (It's the velocity of any celestial body which is required by an object to ...
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Will we feel the gravity of a star 10 light years away for the next 10 years if, somehow, it vanishes today from its position? [duplicate]

I was watching a relativity video, and although I am not sure, I felt that it was trying to tell that the effect of gravitation of a body is instantaneous, in the sense that a sudden change in the ...
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Geodesic Deviation between Test Particles from Gravitational Wave

I'm having trouble understanding how Carroll (Spacetime and Geometry, p.296) explains the effect of a passing gravitational wave on test particles. If we have two geodesics with tangents $\vec{U}$, ...
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Physical Interpretation of four velocity in GR

I'm confused about the physical interpretation of the four-velocity $U^\mu=\frac{dx^\mu}{d\tau}$ in General Relativity. I know that it is a tangent vector to a particle's "worldline", but what does ...
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Relating Energy to Wavelength in curved space

Consider a curved space, e.g. Schwarzschild: \begin{align*} ds^2 = -\left(1-\frac{2M}{r}\right)dt^2+\left(1-\frac{2M}{r}\right)^{-1}dr^2+r^2d\theta^2+r^2\sin^2\theta d\phi^2 \end{align*} Now, the ...
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4-acceleration of rotating frame

Consider the 3-dimensional Minkowski space $$ ds^2=dt'^2-dr'^2-r'^2d\phi'^2 $$ Now we transform it into a rotating frame: $$ t'=t,r'=r,\phi'=\phi+\omega t $$ Then the metric becomes $$ ...
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Hyper surface orthogonal vector in Boyer-Lindquist coordinate

The Boyer-Lindquist coordinate coordinate of the Kerr Solution is $$ ds^2=\left(1-\frac{2Mr}{\Sigma}\right)dt^2+\frac{4Mar\sin^2\theta}{\Sigma}dtd\phi - \frac{\Sigma}{\Delta}dr^2-\Sigma ...
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Energy-Momentum Tensor of a Gravitational Wave

In radiation gauge ($\gamma=0$), the Einstein field equation in vacuum for a perturbation $\gamma_{\mu\nu}:=g_{\mu\nu}-\eta_{\mu\nu}$ is given by $$ \boxed{ \partial^\alpha\partial_\alpha ...
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Conditions that the coordinate must satisfy in order to become local inertial

Consider the coordinate transformation $$ \tilde x^a=x^a+\frac{1}{2}\Gamma^a_{bc}x^bx^c $$ I have shown that at the origin $O=(0,0,0,0)$, $$ \frac{\partial\tilde g_{ab}}{\partial\tilde x^c}=0 $$ ...
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(Special Relativity) Points that can be seen by an observer

Let the metric be $$ ds^2=(1+gz)^2dt^2-dx^2-dy^2-dz^2 $$ where $g$ is a positive constant. Let an observer be stationary at $x=y=0$ on the surface $z=0$ and look upwards at an angle $\theta$, how ...
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What is intrinsic gravitational entropy?

What is intrinsic gravitational entropy? Does it have to do with dark matter or coarse graining in the universe? Is it unique to general relativity, or there are predictions from quantum mechanics as ...
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Wald problem 4 of chapter 4

I'm trying to derive equation 4.4.51 in Wald's GR book (the second order correction in $\gamma$ term for the Ricci tensor): where $g=\eta+\gamma$. So ...
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Does negative energy density (i.e. weak energy condition violation) create closed timelike curves?

I remember reading something about Stephen Hawking denying the fact you can't make CTC's (Closed Timelike Curves) without weak energy condition violation. If this is true, where do the light cones ...
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Wave packet in curved spacetime

It is known that the classical equation of motion for a scalar field wave packet on a curved spacetime background gives the geodesic trajectory (the e.o.m. is $(\nabla_\mu \nabla^\mu + m^2) \Phi=0$). ...
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Principle of locality and forces

I have a silly confusion about the statement written in the link Einstein and Locality ''external influence on A has no direct influence on B; this is known as the Principle of Local Action.'' ...
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Will the black hole size increase?

I was thinking about the following thought experiment, but wasn't sure about its outcome. Suppose there is a black-hole and I enter it with a partitioned box containing two different gases on either ...
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How exactly can we describe the normal force on a static person standing on earth's surface using general theory of relativity?

For planetary motion I can understand that the planets move along the geodesics e.g. the warped space-time geometry. Imagine that the moon gets suddenly stopped by some external force and comes to ...
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Calculate the Riemann tensor and Ricci tensor [closed]

Given a metric tensor $\gamma_{ij}$ (where $i, j = 1, 2, 3$; the metric tensor of 3- dimensional space is denoted by $\gamma_{ij}$ to distinguish it from the metric tensor $g_{\mu\nu}$ of ...
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Is quantum gravity, ignoring geometry, the theory of a fictitious force?

This question is motivated by this question and this one, but I will try to write it in such a way that it is not duplicate. In short, I don't understand the motivation for a "quantum theory of ...
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The relationship between spin and spinor curvature

The identity, $$ -\gamma^b{\mathcal{R}}_{ab} = {\mathcal{R}}_{ab}\gamma^b = \frac{1}{2}\gamma^b R_{ab}$$ is presented in the answer to the question Dirac Equation in General Relativity. How does ...
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AdS Space Boundary and Geodesics

I'm new to working with AdS space and am primarily concerned with black holes. I'm just playing round with the metric for AdS$_4$ $$ds^2=-f(r)dt^2+f^{-1}(r)dr^2+r^2d\zeta^2$$ for $f(r)=r^2+m $, ...
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What will happen after escaping earth's gravitational field?

Suppose that I escaped the gravitational field of earth. Then: am I going to be pulled by Sun's gravity?
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Observation of light bending spacetime [duplicate]

Has radiation or energy bending spacetime ever been observed? If not, is it likely that it ever will, assuming current technology? Note: This is not a question of space bending light, but of light ...
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Is the concept of space-time curvature a recursive one? [duplicate]

A way some people explain (or try to explain) how gravity works is using space-time curvature: an object with high mass distorts the surrounding space-time plane like a bowling ball distorts a sheet ...
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Where does the term “boost” come from for rotation-free transformations?

I had never seen rotation free transformations called "boosts" (I think I have it right) before reading some questions here. I'm too old perhaps. I have not found the etymology after some searching, ...
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Time slowing down vs. universe expanding

Einstein said that it is impossible to distinguish between the effect of gravity and acceleration (so if you stand in an accelerating elevator in space it would not feel any different than if you were ...
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Candidates for holographic QFT of 4D Einstein gravity

If we are to believe that holographic principle holds over a wide number of dimensions, and gravitational theories, but specially, those that are relevant to our universe, then there must be some 3D ...
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Does gravity actually contract space-time?

In the Big Crunch Theory it says that gravity (curvature in space-time) will stop the universe's expansion and gravity will cause the universe to contract on itself. My question is if gravity is a ...
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Is the acceleration at the event horizon of a black hole independent of the magnitude of its radius?

Is the acceleration of a free-falling observer at the Schwarzschild radius of a black hole the same regardless of the numerical value of the radius (i.e. outside of a black hole, is the acceleration ...
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What are the consequences of a body of mass moving at speed of light? [closed]

What would happen to someone who could move at the speed of light? I know that at the speed of light bodies gain mass and decrease in size. But what would happen to a body gaining mass tending to ...
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Could a photon travel faster than the speed of light in vacuum?

If the cosmic speed limit is the speed of light in vacuum, then what happens when a photon traveling through space meets gravity? Wouldn't gravity pull on the photon that's already traveling at max ...
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Infinitesimal transformations for a relativistic particle

The action of a free relativistic particles can be given by $$S=\frac{1}{2}\int d\tau \left(e^{-1}(\tau)g_{\mu\nu}(X)X^\mu(\tau)X^\nu(\tau)-e(\tau)m^2\right).$$ If we then make an infinitesimal ...
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Wormholes with event horizons?

Under General Relativity, Lorentzian wormholes (the kind that are traversable) require exotic matter (a kind of unobtainium which is not known to exist). On the other hand, we know black holes exists ...
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Are combined masses in space, such as galaxies, considered to be uniform bodies? *In addition, a related question about force

If we were to calculate the force that one galaxy exerted onto another, would we consider the individual masses within the galaxies, or the masses of the galaxies as a whole? Do the individual stars ...
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Simple General Relativity Relation [closed]

Given the identity $$\nabla_a(R^{ab}-\frac{1}{2}R g^{ab})=0,$$ how do I then show that $R_{ab}=0$ implies $$\nabla_a R^a_{\space \space \space bcd}=0$$
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Where does the idea gravity=curvature of spacetime really come from?

I have been searching for quite a while but mostly found the answer: Einstein's genius. Quite unsatisfactory. I know and understand that the idea gravity=curvature of spacetime works. Furthermore I ...
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Specific problems with the quadrupole formulation of gravitational radiation

the quadrupole formula has some counterintuitive consequences, when analysing the power output averaged over a period $$ P = \langle \frac{d^3 Q_{ij}}{dt^3} \frac{d^3 Q_{ij}}{dt^3} \rangle $$ ...
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Spacetime line elements and proper time (specific problem)

Sometimes, when we have a certain line element and we are given a worldline parametrised by a path parameter that is not necessarily proper time I don't completely understand some of the standard ...
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How is foliation of manifolds' theory useful in General Relativity?

I am interested on getting some hints on how Foliations Theory of Manifolds can be used fruitfully on General Relativity. I just started my Ph.D on Mathematics this semester focusing on studying ...